English Literature by Research MA

The MA in English Literature by research is taught through seminars, group sessions, and personalised one-to-one teaching with a first and second supervisor. A postgraduate reading group, and seminars led by staff and guest speakers, gradually develop the insights needed to complete your research project.

There are four parts to the qualification:

There are no exams.

This is an opportunity to work closely on a writer or topic that fascinates you, within a supportive environment. You can undertake research in most literary topics within the period 1550 to the present day. You start by developing the Project Preliminaries with your supervisors: the research proposal, bibliography, and essay. Then you progress to the full Dissertation (25,000-30,000 words), written under the guidance of your supervisors.

The MA commences in September or January each year, on a full- or part-time basis. The MA takes one year full-time, two years part-time.

For the MA, full-time attendance on campus is not required, but overseas students in particular, or home students wishing to use libraries intensively, may apply for a room in University accommodation. Alternately, you can travel in for the teaching days, usually Wednesdays during term. The one-to-one sessions with your supervisors can be arranged for any day of the week.

Please fill in the application form above ("Apply Now"), giving as much detail as possible. In the "Personal Statement" section, give an outline of your ideas so far for your research project (300-500 words). This could include:

At this stage we do not expect a fully-formed view of the project, rather an indication of the area you are interested in. If you would like to discuss your research ideas before applying, please e-mail:\n\nProfessor John Drew (john.drew@buckingham.ac.uk) or\n\nProfessor Stefan Hawlin (stefan.hawlin@buckingham.ac.uk).

For other queries about the MA, contact the Admissions Office on admissions@buckingham.ac.uk or 01280 820227.

MA Award
September, January Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

First or Second class undergraduate degree

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